Rangers go into their first Champions League clash in 12 years off the back of one of the worst Old Firm defeats in that time with tensions between the fans, the squad, and the board rising.
Rangers might’ve done well to get to the Europa League Final and reach this competition but with domestic standards slipping if the European form goes too there will be hell to pay.
Overachieving on this stage is probably the only thing keeping an underperforming Giovanni van Bronckhorst in a job.
Rangers to face Steven Bergwijn inspired Ajax
If the club is to bounce back from that crushing Premiership defeat to Celtic they will need to overcome Ajax in Amsterdam and the Eredivisie Champions were flexing their muscles this weekend.
Ajax broke their transfer record to sign Dutch attacker Steven Bergwijn from Spurs for a reported £26.4m [Sky Sports] in the summer and the forward has been a revelation so far at the club.
In the clash with Cambuur, Bergwijn opened the scoring for Ajax with a deadly first-half double before Devine Rensch and Mohammed Kudus added another two goals in the second half.
It was a comprehensive display that keeps Ajax top and maintains their perfect start to the Dutch top-flight season, with the side netting 16 goals in that period and only conceding 3 in their opening five games.
It highlights how big a task Rangers have to go to the Johan Cruyff Arena and get a result with van Bronckhorst’s side charged with restoring some post-Old Firm pride.
If they’re to do it then the Gers will need to overcome a rampant Steven Bergwijn whose latest brace means he has now scored six goals in five Eredivisie games this season and seven goals in six matches in total.
The Ibrox side will also need to overcome a very familiar face too in one player who only just left the club this summer.